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"In the little village where I was born, life moved at a slower pace, yet felt all the richer for it. There my two uncles were known far and wide for their delicious cooking. They seasoned their zesty chicken using only the freshest herbs and spices. People called them "los pollos hermanos" ("the chicken brothers"). Today, we carry on their tradition in a way that would make my uncles proud. The finest ingredients are brought together with love and care, then slow-cooked to perfection. Yes, the old ways are still best at Los Pollos Hermanos. But don't take my word for it. One taste, and you'll know..."
—Los Pollos Hermanos advertisement

These are characters in Breaking Bad related to the restaurant chain Los Pollos Hermanos, which is also a front for a drug trafficking ring. For the main page, see here.

Mike Ehrmantraut and Gus Fring have their own pages.

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    Tyrus Kitt 

Tyrus Kitt
Portrayed By: Ray Campbell

Tyrus Kitt is a prominent enforcer of Gustavo Fring, hired as a replacement for Victor when it comes to checking the meth. Better Call Saul establishes he was already working for Gus with Victor by the start of Breaking Bad.


Portrayed By: Jeremiah Bitsui

Victor is a prominent enforcer of Gus's, alongside Mike Ehrmantraut. Little was revealed about him, other than that he dies by Gus slitting his throat with a box cutter.

  • Ambiguously Brown: Victor's nationality is never revealed. He hardly ever speaks, but when he does, he doesn't have a Mexican accent nor does he ever speak Spanish. Jeremiah Bitsui is a full-blooded American Indian (1/2 Navajo, 1/2 Omaha). Considering Albuquerque has a large population of American Indian descent in real life, especially descended from the Navajo Indians, it wouldn't be much of a stretch to assume that Victor is possibly Native American (Navajo), just like Bitsui.
  • Bald of Evil: A shaved head.
  • Blofeld Ploy: Ends up on the receiving end of this in the season 4 premiere.
  • The Brute: Gus' second most trusted henchman behind Mike.
  • The Driver: At points, he's shown being driver to Gus and to Mike on various jobs.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He violently kicks lab equipment in frustration due to being shocked by Gale's death and his attempt to cook meth himself hints that he refused to have Walt getting away with it. Too bad he implicated himself at the crime scene.
  • The Generic Guy: Seems to mostly exist to be another generic henchman of Gus's to be around and do things that Mike can't or it wouldn't make sense for him to do.
  • Idiot Ball: "We ain't missing no cook".
  • Jerkass: He's very abrasive. Though, he's not as bad as Tyrus.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: When he tries to cook a batch after Gale's death to prove to Gus he can be the cook. He arrogantly claims that he's perfectly capable of following the formula. To give him his due, while Victor probably doesn't understand why he's doing what he's doing, not even Walt can spot anything he actually does wrong (at one point, he nearly skips a step, and Walt gets visibly hopeful that he'll screw it up, but then he remembers and Walt deflates).
  • Leave No Witnesses: Gus kills him because he was seen breaking into Gale's apartment.
  • Slashed Throat: Courtesy of Gus and a boxcutter.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Killed both because he implicated himself and as a warning to Walter and Jesse that Gus is not afraid to cut any loose ends.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He thought he could cook Walter's meth by simply having observed his steps to the cook (as it turns out, apparently he was right about that, at least as far as he got). Walter mocked him and Gus thought even less of the idea...
  • Smug Snake: Less competent than Mike and makes reckless tactical mistakes. He's also particularly smug when he's trying to impress Gus with his cooking.
  • The Stoic: Like many of Gus' henchmen, he remains cold and non-expressive.
  • The Quiet One: Not as much as Tyrus Kitt, and he talks a little more in his final appearance.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The victim of this courtesy of Gus.

    Gale Boetticher 

Gale Boetticher
"Yes, I am a nerd."
Portrayed By: David Costabile

"Consenting adults want what they want. At least with me they’re getting exactly what they pay for."

Another meth cook that Gus forces Walt to replace Jesse with. Walt and Gale get along well, but in reality Gus is using Gale to learn how Walt cooks his meth so he can dispose of Walt and Jesse and replace them with Gale, who is a lot more manageable.

  • Adorkable: He has a very nerdy and likeable demeanor.
  • Ambiguously Evil: He is fully aware of what he does, but thinks that, since his product is much purer than anyone else's, it can be considered as Necessary Evil — addicts will find their dealers anyway. At least, with his meth, they will actually have what they buy. He is also one of the nicest guys in the show.
  • Back for the Dead: He returns to the show after being fired, and then gets murdered.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Jesse reluctantly kills him.
  • Celebrity Paradox: When Jesse is talking to the detectives about ricin, he mentions that he might have heard about it on House. David Costabile played the scheming cousin of a Patient of the Week on that show.
  • Extreme Doormat: Gale never puts his foot down. For example, when he gives an estimated time span for getting something done, he'll immediately capitulate to a demand to get it done faster. When Walt fires him from his dream job for spurious reasons, he acts more hurt than angry.
  • For Science!: Gale is more interested in having a dream lab and a good partner than the actual consequences of his actions. Addicts are going to get their meth from somewhere, so why not give them the best? He approaches coffee-making with the same incredible precision.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: Doesn't swear.
  • Harmless Villain: He may be a drug producer, but he never does anything violent.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Incredibly nerdy, with his special love of SCIENCE!, karaoke, and Walt Whitman.
    Gale: Yes. I am a nerd.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: His approach to making coffee.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his job, Gale is one of the most goodhearted people on the show. He willingly talks Gus into giving him a demotion to assistant when he could have had the lab to himself, purely because he honestly believes Walt is capable of making a superior product.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The season 4 premiere reveals in a Flashback that his dedication to making the best meth possible in Gus's lab is what inspired Gus to hire Walt. Which didn't work out to well for him in the end.
  • Non-Action Guy: Non combat-proficient obviously.
  • Pretty Little Headshots: His head wound is cleaner than most of the ones on the show. Then again, we only see the entry wound below his eye.
  • Put on a Bus: After all of three episodes. He does come back in the finale of season 3. Too bad that it was for the dead.
  • Replacement Goldfish: It's implied, especially by his cameo in Better Call Saul, that Gus sees him as this to the deceased Max Arciniega, who was also a meth cook whose education Gus paid for.
  • Replacement Scrappy: In-Universe: Gale is more competent than Jesse by any definition of the word, but Walt comes to resent Gale because he answers to Gus and is too submissive for Walt to enjoy manipulating. This is played with in that before Jesse was assaulted by Hank, it wasn't like Walt wasn't overjoyed to be working with someone on his level.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Exists primarily to provide a relatively innocent victim to show how much Walt has had to compromise his morals.
  • Sliding Scale of Libertarianism and Authoritarianism: He is a self-identified Libertarian and that plays into his motivations. He does not believe that using drugs should be illegal so he does not see what he does as truly criminal, and rather feels that it's better if someone with his skills and talents be allowed to manufacture meth and other drugs since the product will be of higher quality and thus, safer to use.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: While he's relatively important even with the small amount of screen time, it turns out that he's been an Unwitting Instigator of Doom even in death. He affects the plot in a major way at least three times by being the factor that made Gus hire Walt in the first place, driving the plot of season 3; his death and his notes are what inspire Hank to investigate Gus Fring in season 4; and his gift is what finally does Walt in at the end of season 5, part 1.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Very naive, but was a good man who didn't possess a malicious bone in his body. Walt even admits he didn't deserve to die the way he did. He blames Gus for it.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Even prior to his death, as described in the example above, Gale unknowingly causes the friction between Walt and Gus. Gale's insistence on learning Walt's recipe ends up cluing Walt in on the fact that Gus is trying to find a replacement so that he can have him killed. This motivates Walt to completely rebel against Gus and plot his death.



    Chris Mara 

Christopher 'Chris' Mara
Portrayed By: Christopher King

One of Gus's henchmen.

    Dennis Markowski 

Dennis Markowski

Portrayed By: Mike Batayeh

The manager of the Lavanderia Brilliante, the laundry where Gus hides the lab.

  • Bald of Evil: Is bald and one of Gus's cronies.
  • Dirty Coward: Somewhat justified, perhaps, but after telling Mike that he's no rat and that he's not going to roll over even absent the hazard pay (instead simply telling Mike that 'someone' will talk if they don't get their money), after Mike's death, is fully prepared to give up everything he knows to the DEA. The only reason he doesn't is that the DEA refuses to give him a favorable deal, and before negotiations can continue he's knocked off.
  • He Knows Too Much: Killed because of the information he has on the Fring network.
  • Kill It with Fire: In a spectacularly grisly fashion, he's burned to death by the Aryans.
  • Plea Bargain: Tries to pull one after his own lawyer is arrested and Mike is killed.

    The Rival Dealers 

The Rival Dealers
Portrayed By: Mike Seal & Antonio Leyba

The "Rival Dealers" are two street-level crystal meth dealers who call shots for a street-gang that controls Gus Fring's turf in Albuquerque.

  • Asshole Victim: Both of them had it coming after killing a kid.
  • Bald of Evil: One of them.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Walt kills Dealer #1.
  • Car Fu: How Walt kills Dealer #2 and cripples Dealer #1.
  • Evil Mentor: To Tomás.
  • No Name Given: We never find out their names.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: They hardly appear for more than 5 times, and don't have a single line of dialogue in the series, but their actions in Season 2 and 3 paved way for the eventual fall of Los Pollos Hermanos, as without them, Walt and Jesse would have been in Gus's good books and cooked as much as he wanted from them.
  • Tattooed Crook: The bald one has tattoos on his arms, his neck, and the back of his head.
  • The Voiceless: They never speak a single word of dialogue.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Always seen together.
  • Would Hurt a Child: They murder Tomás, possibly on Gus' orders.

    Tomás Cantillo 

Tomás Cantillo

Portrayed By: Angelo Martinez

Tomás Cantillo was an 11 year-old boy who worked for a local gang of drug dealers in his neighborhood. He is the younger brother of Andrea.

  • Chekhov's Gunman: His murder of Combo later resurfaces and leads to escalating tensions with Gus, and basically the plot of the entire fourth season.
  • Smug Snake: In season 3, for the short period of time that we see him. He obviously thinks that he's tough. But in reality, he's just a kid who's way in over his head.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: His off-screen death serves to motivate the killing of the rival dealers, and in turn Walt's conflict with Gus.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: At age 11, he's already involved in drug dealing and has even commited murder.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed in his second appearance.

    Dr. Barry Goodman 

Dr. Barry Goodman

Portrayed By: JB Blanc

A doctor on Gus' payroll, in charge of the emergency medical tent he had set up.

  • Crazy-Prepared: Knows the complete medical history of Gus, Mike, and Jesse whilst also having their blood samples. Given that he's a doctor, it's part of the job description, but still impressive considering he set up a make-shift hospital on short notice.
  • The Medic: Patches up Gus and Mike after their assassination of the cartel.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Downplayed. He's only on the payroll of the bad guys, he's not a real bad guy himself. He also supplies cocaine for Mike to use to ensnare some of Hector's drug runners.
  • Only in It for the Money: Operates on Gus first whilst ignoring Mike. When Jesse points this out, he casually replies that Gus is the one who pays him.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He only does what he does because he's on Gus' payroll, and while certainly unscrupulous, is not actively malicious.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Initially, one could dismiss him as a Bit Character for Los Pollos Hermanos. However, his informing Mike of Gus' death in "Live Free or Die" is the catalyst to Mike returning to New Mexico, not to mention the reason that he was still alive after the faceoff with the cartels.
  • Sole Survivor: Out of all the known characters directly involved in Gus's drug empire, he is the sole survivor with the exception of Jesse.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He's not seen again after Mike returns to New Mexico in a furious rage. Justified since his primary employer is dead.

    Dan Wachsberger 

Dan Wachsberger

Portrayed By: Chris Freihofer

The lawyer for Mike's 9 guys, and manager of their legacy money.

  • Amoral Attorney: He is a corrupt lawyer.
  • Decoy Leader: Pretends to take on Mike as a paralegal, but in reality does nothing but sit and listen to music while Mike does the talking.
  • Dramatic Irony: As he's being shanked, he's talking to his own lawyer on the phone.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Is very nice to the receptionist at the safety deposit box location.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has this reaction upon seeing Gomez and two other DEA agents enter the vault.

    Duane Chow 

Duane Chow

Portrayed By: James Ning

A Chinese businessman who owns a chemical manufacturing company that supplies Gus's operation. He's first rescued by Mike while being held hostage by the Juarez Cartel. Later on, after Gus's death, he comes under investigation by the DEA.

    Maximino Arciniega 

Maximino "Max" Arciniega

Portrayed By: James Martinez

Maximino "Max" Arciniega was a close associate of Gus Fring and co-founder of the Los Pollos Hermanos franchise. He held advanced degrees in biochemistry and chemical engineering. Gus and Max were very close. Max's education was financed by Gus after Gus rescued him from the slums of Santiago.

    Los Pollos Security Team 
"Corporate security" for Los Pollos Hermanos, these guys were Mike's trusted employees who were promised hazard pay should Gus be killed. Despite Mike's assurances that they were loyal, Lydia and eventually Walt wanted to have them all killed before they said anything to the DEA about the meth operations.

The security team consisted of Jack McGann, Andrew Holt, Anthony Perez, Isaac Conley, William Moniz, Raymond Martinez, and Harris Boivin. All seven of them were shanked in jail by the Aryan Brotherhood along with their lawyer Dan Wachsberger, laundry manager Dennis Markowski, and Madrigal foreman Ron Forenall.

  • Bald of Evil: McGann and Moniz.
  • Beard of Evil: McGann and Perez.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Sure, their murders were horrific and grisly, and continued to solidify Walt as completely ruthless, but they were still thugs who would've murdered Walt and his entire family before they had gotten caught. Of course, considering how little we see of them, they may well have been more sympathetic if we'd gotten to know them better.
  • Scary Black Man: Presumably both McGann and Moniz, even if we didn't get to see much of them outside jail.
  • He Knows Too Much: The reason why Lydia and later Walt want them killed.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: How the Aryans dispose of them seems awfully over the top, much like everything else the Aryans do. Although as mentioned in Kick the Son of a Bitch, they had it coming by nearly murdering Walt's wife and kids.
  • Undying Loyalty: These are Mike's guys, and "they are solid." Double Subverted. They try and get a good plea bargain the moment the money for their families stops coming in. However, this is only after Mike gets killed, whom they had maintained their loyalty towards.


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